A trip to the United burial ground

PSV-Eindhoven-vs-Manchester-United (2)After the start to the season and all the reinvention of the side over the summer the performance against Arsenal was about as disappointing as a dry January with Amy Winehouse.

Lethargic, naïve and amateurish. Like a member of fat fighters being de-flowered, United’s midfield were appalling at the Emirates. They were not alone as there are few who can look back on that performance with any sort of pride. An uncharacteristic lack of character.

Undoubtedly the worst way to go into an international break United now need to bounce back. This is easier said then done as Goodison Park has proved a graveyard for United in reason years.

Some say the ghost of David Moyes can be seen roaming the halls late at night, others say that’s only because David has nowhere else to go.

United need to respond, especially if they want to challenge for the title this season. Victory against Everton away is a significant statement and definite sign of progress. Defeat leaves us back at square one and Louis Van Gaal back in the spotlight.

Manchester United team news

Van Gaal revealed at his press conference concrete information about the latest injuries after a week of speculation.

Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera are back from injury, but may not be fit enough for a full 90 minutes.

Wayne Rooney was a doubt, after the England international missed training on Monday but to the groans of many he will be back for his regular absence at Everton.

Everton team news

Everton defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman are expected to return after overcoming knee and hamstring injuries respectively.

Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar should also be fit and Kevin Mirallas is available after suspension.

Key men

Off the back of being a total waste of money and a panic buy Anthony Martial has picked up the Barclays Premier League player of the month award. The young forward has been nothing short of exceptional this far and is incredibly exciting for the future.

United do need him to do a job now though. With Wayne Rooney being worse than many have ever seen him, Martial needs to be firing on all cylinders. The Frenchman needs to fill the enormous boots left by Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and to an extent even Rooney.

With the midfield also a bit of a mess United will be relying on their substitutes to step up. Therefore Ander Herrera will be given an opportunity to stamp a claim for a place in United’s starting eleven.

Off the back of an impressive first season the Spaniard has yet to live up to his high standards. With United’s midfield in need of some energy, Herrera could step up and fill the void.

Predicted starting XI

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William Dawson

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2 Comments

  1. Who would have ever thought…
    Martial needs to step up to the gap “left” by Rooney.
    Rooney needs to step up to fill Fellaini’s boots (its effectively Fellaini’s position of last year that Rooney is battling to fulfill)
    And the list goes on:
    Fellaini seems to be battling to fill Falcao’s gap (the same one who left OT as a flop)
    Darmian is trying to step up to Shaw’s gap
    Valencia is trying to step up to Darmian’s gap
    Blind is trying to step up to Rojo’s gap
    Rojo is trying to fill Herrera’s gap (just trying to get game time)
    Morgan is trying to fill Carrick’s gap
    Bastian is not helping…neither is Carrick whos now trying to fill Bastians gap (who is supposed to just emulate Carrick)
    Depay trying to fill the gaps of Kagawa, Nani is battling to even fill Young’s shoes (who himself is just trying to desperately become a full back).
    Mata is apparently better than DiMaria, Januzai, Valencia, Young (and Pedro) in a position that is unnatural to him/natural to them, but not good enough to displace an underwhelming Rooney and poor Fellaini (based on this seasons performances) in his natural position.
    Worse of all…LVG is trying very hard to fill the gap left by Moyes. After £250m, sadly he’s not doing that great.

  2. I think it is a fair point that in spite of the hundreds of millions spent we have not really upgraded the team as much as you might have expected.

    The only really promising things we’ve seen this season were the emergence of Chris Smalling as a top drawer centre back and the immense promise of Anthony Martial and De Gea showing he is a true pro and shrugging off the disappointment of his failed move to Madrid and picking up where he left off last season.

    But that has been counterbalanced by the fading away of Carrick and Rooney the unfortunate injury to Luke Shaw and the unmerited inclusion in the team of Schweisteneger and Depay who are unfairly keeping Schneiderlin and Young out of the team.

    Credit to Van Gaal for making much needed changes after the Arsenal debacle and unsurprisingly our defence looked better without Blind and with Jones and Rojo and our midfield looked better with Schneiderlin and our attack looked much better without Depay and with Herrera. Hopefully we will stick with a winning team and get a good run of results to finish 2015 strongly.

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